Esme Rides A Gaine is on familiar ground but it's almost five years since the mare last won in this grade and she'll carry overweight today. Twice Lucky has only managed one victory in 23 starts over fences and is always a risky proposition but Outlaw Tom came back to form when beating today's rival Almond Court by 12 lengths over track and trip last month and should go well again. SNUKER has twice run poorly at Sedgefield since the turn of the year but his record at other northern tracks is decent enough and this looks within his capabilities. He's more consistent than Solis and Beau Dandy.
Outlaw Tom (IRE) 15-2 (11-5) Prominent, not fluent and led 3rd, headed next, stayed handy, led again before last, soon clear, ridden out, won at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Apr beating Almond Court (10-10) by 12l, 11 ran.
Solis (GER) 20-1 (10-2) Mid-division, pushed along when fell 9th, in a race won by Sybarite (11-4) at Perth 3m 3f con hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Apr, 11 ran.
Snuker 9-4fav (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along before 15th, soon outpaced, went poor 3rd before last, no impression, 3rd of 5, 31l behind Heez A Steel (11-2) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Beau Dandy (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) In rear, effort under pressure before 13th, outpaced and no impression 4 out, well beaten before 2 out, 7th of 10, 26l behind Debt To Society (10-11) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.
Twice Lucky 10-3 (9-7) In touch on outside, led narrowly 17th, headed 3 out, led again briefly after next, soon ridden, almost upsides and every chance when fell last, in a race won by Urban Gale (10-2) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft, 7 ran.
Almond Court (IRE) 40-1 (10-10) Led until not fluent 3rd, led next, headed 9th, mistake 12th, stayed on same pace approaching last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 12l behind Outlaw Tom (11-5) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.
Esme Rides A Gaine 10-1 (10-0) Chased leaders to 4th, in rear and pushed along from next, reminder 8th, headway under pressure 3 out, no impression in 4th when left 3rd at last, stayed on flat, just failed for 2nd near finish, 3rd of 7, 22l behind Urban Gale (10-2) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft.